|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: TIOGA BOUNCES BACK, RIDES FAST START TO 53-34 WIN OVER NEB (14 PHOTOS) (2018-01-06)
Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Tioga bounced back from a heart-breaking loss Tuesday with a fast start, and a 53-34 win over Northeast Bradford here Saturday afternoon in non-league boys basketball action.
The Tigers, who improve to 7-3, let a 10-point lead slip away Tuesday in a loss to defending state champion Moravia.
“I think losing to Moravia like we did, really lit a fire in our guys,” said Tioga coach Brian Card. “Anytime you outplay another team for 28 minutes and lose, it makes you work that much harder in practice and want to win.
“Our seniors really responded to that loss,” he noted. “They scored 16 of our 23 first-quarter points.
“We came out playing fast and playing great defense,” added Card. “I was happy to see the guys respond the way they did. Hopefully, we have learned that no lead is big enough and we have to play hard all 32 minutes.”
Senior Connor Hutchinson scored 10 points in the first quarter, while senior Nick Klossner, and junior Lucas Klossner scored four points apiece, and junior Pierce Hendershot drained a 3-pointer to help the Tigers to a 23-11 lead.
Card said the lead could have been bigger after the first eight minutes.
“(NEB) hit some tough jumpers deep into the shot clock at the beginning of the game,” he said. “I can’t fault our defense because they were well-contested.”
Senior DeMario Chambers scored eight points in the second quarter, and Lucas Klossner added four as TIoga stretched its lead to 20 points, at 37-17, at the half.
The Panthers closed the gap to 15 midway through the third quarter, but buckets by senior Scott Siberski, and Lucas Klossner gave Tioga a 44-25 lead leading into the final eight minutes.
Chambers led Tioga with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Hutchinson scored 12 points and hauled down 11 rebounds, and Lucas Klossner added 10 points.
Nick Klossner had six points and three assists in the win, while sophomore Sam Taylor had four points and three steals, Siberski chipped in with four points, and Hendershot and junior Derrick Barto grabbed five rebounds apiece.
Andy Crown led NEB with 18 points, and Chaz Labarre added eight points.
Tioga returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Notre Dame.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s DeMario Chambers. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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